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Lesson 2: Family Introduction
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Learn how to introduce your family. We also learn the second Pinyin, four tones, some words and expressions in Mandarin Chinese.

Daily Conversation

Review of the Previous Lesson

Let's review what we learned in Lesson 1. We learned Self Introduction.

AihuaI'm Aihua.
I'm 30 years old.
shìàihuá
sānshísuìle

Could you introduce yourself in Chinese?

Amy
shìài
suìle

Today, we learn how to introduce your family.

This is my mom.

In Chinese, 这是我的妈妈。 (zhè shì wǒ de mā ma)

This is my dad.

In Chinese, 这是我的爸爸。 (zhè shì wǒ de bà ba)

AihuaThis is my mom.
zhèshìdema
Amy
zhèshìdema
AihuaThis is my dad.
zhèshìdeba
Amy
zhèshìdeba

PinYin

Review of the Previous Lesson

What's Pinyin? Pinyin is "spelling sound" or "phonetics" of Chinese.

It expresses the sounds in the Chinese language using the alphabet. Pinyin is also the most common way to input Chinese characters into a computer. Although Pinyin and English both use the alphabet, many letters are not expressed with the same sounds that English uses.

We learned "a" as in "father" in Lesson 1.

Aihuaa
Amya

Mandarin Chinese has four pitched tones and a "toneless" tone. Different tone expresses different meaning.

Four tones of "a" is pronounced like this.

Aihuaāáǎà
Amyāáǎà

In today's lesson, we learn "o", approximately as in "office", but the lips are much more rounded.

Four tones of "o" like this.

Aihuaōóǒò
Amyōóǒò

Vocabulary

Review of the Previous Lesson

We learned three words in Lesson 1.

Name, 名字 (míng zi)

I, (wǒ)

You, (nǐ)

AihuaName
míngzi
Amy
míngzi
AihuaI
Amy
AihuaYou
Amy

In today's lesson, we learn 3 new words.

My, 我的 (wǒ de)

Mom, 妈妈 (mā ma)

Dad, 爸爸 (bà ba)

AihuaMy
de
Amy
de
AihuaMom
ma
Amy
ma
AihuaDad
ba
Amy
ba

Review

Let's review what we learned today.

We learned Family Introduction.

This is my mom.

In Chinese, 这是我的妈妈。 (zhè shì wǒ de mā ma)

This is my dad.

In Chinese, 这是我的爸爸。 (zhè shì wǒ de bà ba)

AihuaThis is my mom.
zhèshìdema
Amy
zhèshìdema
AihuaThis is my dad.
zhèshìdeba
Amy
zhèshìdeba

Dialog Practice

Let's do a dialog practice.

I am going to introduce my self first, then introduce my mom and my dad, then, Amy's turn. OK?

Let's use English first.

AihuaHello!
I'm Aihua.
I’m 30 years old.
This is my mom.
This is my dad.
AmyHello!
I'm Amy.
I'm 5 years old.
This is my mom.
This is my dad.

In Chinese,

Aihua
hǎo
shìàihuá
sānshísuìle
zhèshìdema
zhèshìdeba
Amy
hǎo
shìài
suìle
zhèshìdema
zhèshìdeba

Worksheet Answer ( for Lesson 1 )

Have you done the exercise worksheet for Lesson 1?

Let me check your answers.

Match the English word with the Chinese word, which has the same meaning.

(1) Name
(c) 名字 (míng zi)
(2) You
(a) (nǐ)
(3) I
(b) (wǒ)

Word Dictionary and Stroke Order

Click the Chinese character you want to learn!

Worksheet

Online Excercises and Quizzes

Tone Drill for "o"

Listen to the audio first, and then repeat. To listen to the audio, please click the triangle of the icon.

  • o: approximately as in "office" in British accent; the lips are much more rounded.
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  • ō ó ǒ ò
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10 Responses to “Lesson 2: Family Introduction”

  1. Rita Rizzi

    Great lessons Aihua! I’m Italian, I speak in English, French and now I’m studying Chinese in my city, Milan. It has been a pleasure for me to find your site in the web!
    You are very nice and clear but Amy, your daughter I guess, is really lovely. Thank you to you and a big kiss to the wonderful Amy!

    Reply
    • aihua

      aihua

      Hi Rita,

      It’s very nice to hear that you like Kids Chinese Podcast. Thank you very much for your encouragement and sweet words!

      Reply
    • Margels

      I live in Milan too, I’m Italian and I speak English, French, Spanish and Chinese too now. I love this website and I think I’ll visit it many times. I just have one question, I would translate “she’s my mother” as 她是我的妈妈. Can you tell me what’s the difference between 这 and 她? Thanks in advance. Congrats for your website again.

      Reply
      • aihua

        aihua

        Hi Margels,

        Thank you for your question.

        “She” is a subjective pronoun, a gender specific pronoun. The person must have been already mentioned. eg Have you seen Lisa? She is beautiful today.

        ‘This’ refers to a thing or person that is near to the speaker. Often, I can point to the thing or person. eg Look, this is my mom. (And I point to my mom.)

        这是我的妈妈。(zhè shì wǒ de mā ma) in English, “This is my mom.”

        I’m pointing to my mom and introduce my mom to you.

        她是我的妈妈.( tā shì wǒ de mā ma) in English, “She is my mom.”

        Reply
  2. 秋凤

    hi! I’m using your podcast to teach… I hope you don’t mind. I can speak Chinese even though I’m not very fluent and I’m kinda clueless what to teach children around 7-9 years old. It’s lucky I found this website… 谢谢

    Reply
    • aihua

      aihua

      Hi秋凤,

      It’s very nice to know that Kids Chinese Podcast is helpful for your Chinese teaching.

      Reply
  3. Joecy

    I am teaching American born Chinese kids Pinyin right now. I like your podcast very much, I will try play it at our class. One question, I don’t have the Chinese typefont you used in the pdf transcript and exercise. Can you tell me which typefont you are using?

    Reply
    • aihua

      aihua

      Hello Arvind,
      Nice to know you are interested in learning Pinyin.
      I highly recommend you use Kids Chinese Podcast Lesson 1 to start learning Pinyin, then use the Pinyin course as a Pinyin review course.

      Reply

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